Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tit for Tat

Cockney rhyming slang is a code of speaking which has been evolving in the East End of London since the mid-19th century. Any guesses on what the following terms mean?

Tit for Tat
Cherry Hog
Tiddlywink
Pot of Glue (hint below)
Yard of Tripe

12 comments:

rzdesign said...

Would this be like a dog's breakfast?

lisa said...

I think you mean "would this be like a Cherry Hog's breakfast"?

Rrramone said...

Is Pot of Glue a line? A queue as it were?

lisa said...

Tis true
Pot of Glue
means queue!

vanessa said...

Yikes. I have enough trouble understanding regular English on a good day.

Interesting stuff, though -- see http://www.aldertons.com/.

lisa said...

Of course I had to try this!

Care to decipher?

I've been cleaning the mickey, tossing the itchy, hanging the teapots' lemon tart, and getting ready for me yo ho ho's visit!

rzdesign said...

did you just call Winnie a ho?!

lisa said...

LOL, not on purpose.

rzdesign said...

I am not sure if you recall what a dog's breakfast is. Unless of course a Cherry Hog is a Red Dog? Or a crimson Harley!

lisa said...

Yep, Cherry Hog is "dog" in Cockney slang.

The Tart said...

Or a stack of homeless books! Clueless?

Bad analogy ... but hey, I have a stack of tomes that need a good foster home. Would love to ship them out to you ... summer-book-a-thon! Let Willie/Rrramone know if you are interested & we will send them your way! Lotsa good reads for the summer. ; )

Big smooch,
The Tart

lisa said...

Tart,
I am definitely in for the summer-book-a-thon!

Here are the meaning of the cockney slang posted:

Tit for Tat - Hat
Cherry Hot - Dog
Tiddlywink - Drink
Pot of Glue - Queue (line)
Yard of Tripe - Pipe